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In light of recent school closures, we have made the difficult decision to delay the delivery of Explorer magazine’s May print issue and are unable to fulfill requests for missing magazines until further notice. 

Once school resumes, we will begin to fulfill requests for missing magazines.

We invite you to continue to share your Explorer magazine digital subscriptions with your students. Sign in to access your subscription. 

Explore our Learn at Home collections for free activities and resources that have been curated by educators for educators, parents, and caregivers to implement with K–12 learners.




Students at all reading levels are inspired by the National Geographic tradition of storytelling, exploration, and stunning photography in Explorer magazine.

Take a look inside this not-for-profit classroom resource.

  • National standards-aligned
  • Lexile-Leveled content
  • Authentic, engaging National Geographic photographs and stories
<p><em>Explorer</em> magazine was recognized by a nationwide panel of educators as a Learning&reg; Magazine 2019 Teachers&rsquo; Choice<sup>SM</sup> Award for the Classroom winner.</p>

Explorer magazine was recognized by a nationwide panel of educators as a Learning® Magazine 2019 Teachers’ ChoiceSM Award for the Classroom winner.



New for the 2020–2021 School Year

Digital Resources—Now in Spanish!

Explorer comes in six editions (K–5/6), each developed to meet students at their level. The digital version of the magazine features read-aloud text, games, and pop-up vocabulary.

New for the 2020–2021 school year: Each level of the digital version of Explorer magazine is fully translated into Spanish, including all maps, read-aloud text, videos and games.

Preview a sample article of the Spanish digital prototype: Adventurer (Grade 5/6, Lexile 520L-950L)*

*Prototype subject to change.

New Classroom Subscription Option

Get full-year print and digital subscriptions for every student in your class, or get a digital-only subscription for your entire classroom for one low price.

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Standards-aligned content

Each issue features three articles with content that supports national standards and a teacher’s guide with reading and content lessons, assessments, and blackline master activities to help you get the most out of Explorer’s nonfiction content. Whether you’re an ELA, science or social studies teacher, there’s a standards-aligned lesson for you!










Grade-Specific Editions

Explorer magazine is a differentiated reading resource that comes in six editions (K–5/6), each developed to meet students at their level.

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What's In Your full year Subscription?


Print issues
Digital issues (English and Spanish)
Teacher’s Guides




Articles per year of National Geographic standards-aligned content




Per student for a full year


New! Digital-only classroom subscriptions for $49


Shipping and handling is an extra 10% of order total. Full year orders are accepted until October 15. Spring orders are accepted until November 15. Digital-only orders are available until January 15.

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